Outdoors

Close encounter with a creature (but not from the Black Lagoon)



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from our archives. I was frequently asked if I could guarantee sightings of manatees, alligators eagles — you name it — aboard my Peace River boat tours. My response was always: This is not a ranch, farm or other controlled environment, though […]

Birds of different feathers flock together this time of year



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2014 As we are all chilling, literally, nature around us continues to move along. This early time of the year is when many birds start nesting. Wood storks — large white birds with black wing tips, long black beaks and bald […]

Some watercraft we use today date back thousands of years



[Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2011.] I have written frequently about canoes and kayaks, which have been a mode of transportation and travel since the beginning of time. Canoes and kayaks are simple, inexpensive and reliable for fun or work. Historic records maintain that the use […]

The wind in my sails



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2012. The angle of heel was about 20 degrees, with the crisp morning air coming over our port bow. Occasional white caps formed in the refreshing breeze. Our sails were drum tight and smooth as an airplane’s wing — the perfect […]

Experiencing nature up close by paddling the Peace



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2011. The early morning is a great time to get out on the water, whether it’s by powerboat, sailboat or by kayak. I had my fishing rod with me as we paddled quietly along Deep Creek Preserve. My wife, Nancy, and […]

Christmas is over, so take this time to relax



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2015. Taking time to relax will be the priority as the Christmas season winds down. Each year we are bombarded with media telling us to buy this for our loved ones. We need to have this gadget or that. “But wait […]

Last-minute gifts for lovers of the great outdoors



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2013. What’s your holiday budget? Most of us — at least those of us who weren’t Powerball lottery winners — are limited in our holiday spending. But here are some ideas that won’t break the bank for last minute gifts. ¦ […]

By sea or by air, Culebra is a dream island



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2013. When you think of exploring the islands of the Caribbean, you most likely think of sailing. I have visited many of these beautiful islands in the past, and the water is definitely the route that brings many people here to […]

Time to look for gators and manatees and dolphins and ducks



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2019. This is a great time of year for observing all the wildlife movement around Southwest Florida. The cooler weather has all the fish moving toward their winter hangouts where the water temperature is more comfortable. We also see dolphin in […]

Memories of growing up on the water



Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2018. Having a boat is one of the pleasures and goals for many living in Southwest Florida. The main populace in this area consists of Midwesterners whose boating activities were mostly day trips. These people from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa […]


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